Resources That Never Sleep

Resources That Never Sleep

By Greg Faulkner, Director, Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center

 

It has been over two years since I arrived here at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center Director. Once again I find myself in a transition that will take me away from Peoria and back to the east coast.  During my short time here I have spoken with many businesses about the many facets of government contracting and business certifications.  Many of the requests for information require knowledge of and access to a number of websites. In my absence, I have created a “top ten” website list for businesses engaging in government contracting. 

Request for assistance related to federal government contracting is by far the most sought out information. Many businesses have looked to federal, state, and local units of government to diversify their customer base.  The following links, with brief explanations, will help a business get started in government contracting.

  1. Dun and Bradstreet are responsible for issuing a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.   A DUNS number is required to register in System for Award Management and provided free of charge. http://www.dnb.com/get-a-duns-number.html
  2. System for Award Management (SAM) is the conduit for how the federal government conducts business. Register the business as a new entity. A business must be registered in SAM to be awarded a contract. https://federal.famr.us/sam-gov/
  3. There are a number of online, “how-to” resources available for federal contracting. Here are two. A Google search of “federal government contracting” will yield a number of additional resources  http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/docs/government_contracting_the_basics.pdf
  4. FBO is the marketplace for anything the federal government is purchasing over $25,000. Use the “Getting Started” tab to learn how to use the site. https://www.fbo.gov/
  5. The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), govern the federal procurement process. Use this site as a resource for FAR clauses. https://www.gsa.gov/policy-regulations/regulations/federal-acquisition-regulation-far
  6. Contracts with the Department of Defense are paid via Wide Area Workflow (WAWF), also known as Invoicing Receipt Acceptance Property Transfer (iRAPT). These two links will provide guidance on how to register and use the site. https://wawftraining.eb.mil/wawfwbt/; http://www.wingovernmentcontracts.com/wide-area-workflow.htm
  7. To sell to the state of Illinois, start with this link. https://www2.illinois.gov/cms/Pages/default.aspx
  8. If your business would like to certify as a Woman Owned, Minority Owned, Veteran Owned, or Disability Owned business, please visit this site. https://www2.illinois.gov/cms/business/sell2/bep/Pages/Default.aspx
  9. Peoria County procurement site. http://www.peoriacounty.org/291/Purchasing-Information-Forms City of Peoria procurement site. http://www.peoriagov.org/finance-department/purchasing-division/
  10.  To find a Procurement Technical Assistance Center nearest you, follow this site. http://www.aptac-us.org/